A mix of old and new awaits guests at the Barracart Apartments, in the heart of Valencia's authentic old fisherman's district. The building housing the seven apartments is a replica of the original house - the main facade is the restored original, which was a prominent bourgeoisie house in Valencia's Maritime Quarter a century ago.
Many antique objects and furniture were saved from the original house and now adorn the apartments. The common area, like the apartments of the house, are furnished with antiques and authentic works of art, such as a small library with books, fragments of the torn painted ceiling hanging on the wall, a canvas hand-painted a hundred years ago, the patron saint of the city Ceramics on the courtyard wall or a wooden bench from an old church.
From the terrace of some of the apartments you have a great view of an elegant street lined with palm trees, while others have a small alley typical of the area - so you can see Valencia from all sides.
Barracart Apartments is a family project. Together with her partner, who is not actively involved in the business, Olga Juhasz is the manager and – apart from a housekeeper – in fact the only permanent employee. Their great vision is to transform every stay at Barracart Apartments into an original experience, adapted to the needs and interests of the visitors. In this way, guests can experience the Barracart in very different ways.
ArchitectureThe aesthetics of the original building - such as the main structure and height - have been retained. However, the interior design of the building is modern and fresh. Lots of glass and natural materials have been used, as well as decorative elements from the centenary building that have been restored. All doors, windows and furniture are made of wood, the kitchen worktops are made of granite and the entire decoration is made of natural materials. The many plants that are in the common areas as well as in almost every apartment create a good atmosphere.
Mutual support is very important in the district. Olga pays particular attention to the visibility of the cultural and handicraft offerings in the neighborhood. She has already financed a video about the district and even her own app to promote the gastronomy, culture and artisans of the area. In addition, local, handcrafted products are displayed in a showcase in the house.
EnvironmentWaste separation and recycling are just as important issues as the elimination of plastic in homes. That is why there is water in glass bottles and food or drinks come without plastic packaging. Barracart Apartments guests also have shopping bags at their disposal for their stay. If you want to drink your morning coffee, you can get it from alternative coffee machines. And it also looks sustainable in the bathroom: Wall-mounted, refillable soap and shampoo dispensers, soap dishes for solid soap and textile and washable make-up remover towels made of 100% cotton and 100% microfibre - you won't find any disposable products here.
These seven impossibly stylish apartments are owned by the same family that runs the revered Casa Montana restaurant. They are located in a shabby-chic beachfront neighbourhood of Valencia undergoing a renaissance.
The bus stop is just under 200 meters from the Barracart Apartments. There is also a metro station just 200 meters away. The exact address can be found on the website.
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